Warner Bros. to Debut Entire 2021 Film Slate, Both on HBO Max and In Theaters

‘Matrix 4,’ ‘Dune,’ and the entire 2021 Warner Bros slate will debut on HBO Max and in theaters in a one-year plan due to the pandemic. The shocking move to simultaneously release movies day-and-date underscores the crisis facing movie theaters and the rising importance of streaming services in the wake of a global health crisis that’s decimated the film exhibition community.

Source: Warner Bros. to Debut Entire 2021 Film Slate, Including ‘Dune’ and ‘Matrix 4,’ Both on HBO Max and In Theaters

Dua Lipa’s Very Expensive Concert Is the Future of Livestreaming

Dua Lipa’s team talks about the making of her first major livestream, which brought in five million fans and 284,000 ticket sales, says Ben Mawson, co-founder and co-CEO of Lipa’s management company TaP Music. While he wouldn’t give specifics on the concert’s gross, he says it was a profitable venture and that Lipa will do another livestream in the future regardless if in-person shows come back first.

Source: Dua Lipa’s Very Expensive Concert Is the Future of Livestreaming

‘The future isn’t just about brands using music; it’s about entire industries using music.’

The CEO of B2B music tech company Tuned Global, Con Raso, offers a global eye on the future growth opportunities for the recorded music industry. Over the course of the past nine years, Tuned Global has worked with the likes of Samsung, Line Music, UFC Ultimate Sounds, Vodafone, Universal Music Group x Pizza Hut, Coca Cola and more, helping these huge companies connect better with their consumers using digital music.

Source: ‘The future isn’t just about brands using music; it’s about entire industries using music.’

Downtown buys catalog of Motown legend Mickey Stevenson, including Martha Reeves hit Dancing In The Street

The former head of Motown A&R was not only responsible for signing talent like Martha Reeves, Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder and The Four Tops, and recruiting the label’s famed studio band after joining in 1959, but also penning classic songs for Eddie Holland, Gaye, Kim Weston, The Supremes, The Temptations and many others.

Source: Downtown buys catalog of Motown legend Mickey Stevenson, including Martha Reeves hit Dancing In The Street

Todd Rundgren Plots 25-Show Virtual Tour Targeted to Different U.S. Markets

The legendary singer-songwriter/producer is announcing a 25-city “tour” that will target different cities around the country and, through, geofencing, make those shows available only to their given markets on those particular nights as the performances are streamed live. Exceptions to to the geofencing limits will be made for fans who want to buy bundles of multiple shows outside their own metropolitan area.

Source: Todd Rundgren Plots 25-Show Virtual Tour Targeted to Different U.S. Markets

Artists Fear Consequences of Discussing Streaming Royalties, Says MP

A British lawmaker has stated that artists fear retribution if they participate in the government’s ongoing inquiry into streaming royalties. The House of Commons’ Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee announced the high-profile probe of streaming royalties last month. The comprehensive analysis aims to identify streaming’s impact on all relevant stakeholders, as well as its long-term effects concerning “the sustainability of the wider music industry.”

Source: Artists Fear Consequences of Discussing Streaming Royalties, Says MP

U.S. Tech Giants Face Tighter Regulation in Europe

The European Commission, the bloc’s executive arm, is completing regulatory plans outlining how online platforms should remove illegal content quickly and refrain from using their power to quash rivals or push their own products on their sites. The commission plans sanctions for violators that include fines and possible separation of assets, according to people familiar with the matter.

Source: U.S. Tech Giants Face Tighter Regulation in Europe

Amazon in Talks to Buy Podcast Maker Wondery

The tech giant is in exclusive talks to purchase the last large, independent podcaster on the market, according to people familiar with the matter, as it pushes further into the growing audio sector. The talks value Wondery at over $300 million, the people said. Wondery’s last funding round, in June 2019, valued the company at $100 million, The Wall Street Journal reported.

Source: WSJ News Exclusive | Amazon in Talks to Buy Podcast Maker Wondery

YouTube’s new Premieres features try to make the platform better for online events

Premieres was designed to offer some of the benefits of YouTube live streams like live chat, but with the control of a pre-recorded and edited video. Creators typically use it to watch and respond to their subscribers while new videos debut. But as the pandemic has pushed film festivals and conventions online, Premieres’ use cases have grown.

Source: YouTube’s new Premieres features try to make the platform better for online events

Authors Alliance Weighs in On DMCA Reform

Yesterday, Authors Alliance responded to questions from Senator Thom Tillis about reforming copyright law to better encourage the creation of copyrightable works and to protect those who make lawful uses of copyrighted works. As a threshold matter, our letter emphasizes that the goal of copyright reform efforts should be to appropriately align the interests of individual creators with the interests of the public for whom they create.

Source: Authors Alliance Weighs in On DMCA Reform

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